“Author Unknown”

I learned “I am an American” in Camp Fire Girls in 1969 or 1970. But I don’t think the author of the quote is unknown. (Which is what the sites with the version I learned said.) I think we changed the quote and, so, the author didn’t really say it. The original, according to the first source I found was/said:

Prime Minister John Diefenbaker said on July 1, 1960:

I am a Canadian, a free Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship God in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.

via Carleton of Canada

Despite the fact that it was probably a Canadian who originally said it, I believe it about the United States with all my heart.

And I am grateful to God and those who made it possible, that I live in such a blessed country.

One thought on ““Author Unknown”

  1. According to Jan Carleton, she said it in the 40s, which would mean the Canadian prime minister borrowed it from us.

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